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Student Nilosmita standing in the Diamond
Nilosmita Banerjee, India
Winner of a Postgraduate Merit Scholarship
MSc Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience
Nilosmita from India originally joined the University as an undergraduate student and enjoyed her time here so much she decided to pursue her postgraduate degree here too. She graduated in 2020.

What made you choose to study at Sheffield and your course? How did you research the University to find out about studying in Sheffield?

I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BSc in Psychology in 2019. I decided to continue doing a Masters in the same department solely because of the specific course in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience that they offered. During my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to be exposed to newly emerging multidisciplinary fields in Psychology. This is where my motivation to pursue a further degree in the area of cognitive and computational neuroscience developed.

After researching about the MSc programme and receiving guidance from the director of the course, I was confident in my intentions to apply for the programme. Having started the course from September, I am so glad to say that I made the right decision of staying in Sheffield to pursue this Masters, as this course is exactly what I had expected and I am loving the challenging interdisciplinary environment of this degree.

What was your initial impression of Sheffield and the University when you first arrived?

Well, it’s been just over 3 years since I first arrived in Sheffield! But the amount of support and engagement that I received from the University upon my initial arrival continues to this day. In fact, there is a lot of support for postgraduate students, both from the University and within the department. Furthermore, the resources and facilities are absolutely amazing and something I definitely take advantage of.

What are the highlights of your experience in Sheffield so far?

One of the key highlights so far has been getting the opportunity to visit the Sheffield Robotics lab and learning about the Mammal Bot project under the European Union’s Human Brain Project from post-doctoral researchers working on the project.

What would you say to a student considering studying at the University of Sheffield?

I would say that being a research led university, studying at Sheffield gives you the opportunity to be exposed to cutting edge research during your degree. You will essentially study and be trained under some of the leading experts in their respective fields. Alongside this, you will experience an amazing social life and an opportunity to be a part of a culturally and globally diverse family of students from around the world! You will also experience the support of the University through the various services dedicated to students. Studying in Sheffield will also give you access to a range of resources and facilities to support you in your degree.

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